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RDA/US Data Share Fellows

RDA Data Share program's objective is to encourage adoption of best practices of data sharing established through RDA and enhance early career engagement with the alliance. The program selects and awards fellows to engage with, study and contribute to the RDA. Their work includes working on the proposed projects and collaborating with one of over 50 working groups and interest groups in RDA. The Fellows receive stipends and travel support to attend RDA’s bi-annual plenaries and an orientation event.

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RDA/US Data Share 2018 Fellows

Hyoungjoo Park

Hyoungjoo Park, Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin

Hyoungjoo Park is a PhD candidate in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Hyoungjoo’s dissertation examined the impact of research data sharing and reuse on data citation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. In her dissertation, Hyoungjoo examined the interdisciplinary data citation, data self-citation, data type, disciplinary differences, data sharing. As a data fellow, Hyoungjoo will examine data citation by comparatively analyzing Event Data Index and Data Citation Index.

Cheryl Thompson

Cheryl Thompson, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois

Cheryl Thompson is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests lie in the conditions that advance or deter reproducibility and data reuse, especially in relation to scientific data practices and workforce. As a fellow, she will investigate the data infrastructure, practices, and expertise required to for reproducibility in astronomy.

Deborah A. Garwood

Deborah A. Garwood, Doctoral Student, Drexel University

Deborah A. Garwood is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Information Science at Drexel University. An affiliate of Drexel’s Metadata Research Center, she is also a Research Fellow whose interests center on Digital Curation, Archives, Interdisciplinary Research, and Metadata. Her work on publicly funded, interdisciplinary, data-driven research, co-authored with advisor Alex Poole, has been published in The Journal of Documentation, Library and Information Science Research, and The International Journal of Information Management. In 2016 Ms. Garwood presented research on microformats at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2006 to 2009 she was a contributing editor for the MIT Press publication PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. Ms. Garwood holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University, a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College, CUNY, and a BA from Oberlin College.

Christina Ore

Christina Ore, Doctor of Public Health, University of Arizona

Christina Ore is dedicated to community, inter-generational health and well-being that comes from a deep connection to place, people, and memory. Born and raised in southwestern Arizona, she is Quechua-mestizo (Peru) and Irish (US). Christina has nearly 20 years of experience as a public health practitioner working for Indigenous communities, tribal governments and national/ regional tribal organizations in U.S., Guam, and Mexico. In 2018, Christina received her DrPH from the University of Arizona (UA), Zuckerman College of Public Health, in policy and management. Her dissertation centered and privileged Indigenous knowledge to re frame public health practice. Christina's multidisciplinary minor included coursework from the UA, Rogers College of Law, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) and UA, Sociology Department. Christina is currently a Senior Analyst with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Health Services Division (PYHSD). She works on system improvement initiatives related to self-governance, integration, and public health accreditation. She is founding member of the UA American Indian Indigenous Health Alliance (AIIHA), member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) and US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN). Christina lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, two children, and extended family, including her father.

Angela Okune

Angela Okune, Doctoral Student, University of California

Angela Okune is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Irvine. She studies data practices and infrastructures in Nairobi, Kenya in order to explore broader questions of knowledge production, equity and socio-economic development on the continent. In her previous work, Angela helped to start the research department at iHub, Nairobi's innovation hub for the tech community and was also a manager of the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) from 2014 - 2018. Find her full CV here.

Ewa Zegler-Poleska

Ewa Zegler-Poleska, Doctoral Student, Indiana University

Ewa Zegler-Poleska is pursuing Information Science PhD in the Department of Information and Library Science at the Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE), with a minor in History and Philosophy of Science. Before joining SICE Ewa studied online journalism and received a Master’s degree in Polish language and literature. Her current interests focus on studying science through the analyses of scholarly communication, including novel types of outputs such as research data and code. As a WT-RDA/US fellow, she will explore the questions of evaluating evolving research outputs and the role data and code play in academic incentive structure..

Ashirwad Barnwal

Ashirwad Barnwal, Doctoral Student, Iowa State University

Ashirwad Barnwal is a second year PhD student in the Department of Civil Engineering and a first year master’s student in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University. He graduated with a master’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State in the summer of 2017 and later joined the research group of Dr. Anuj Sharma to work in the area of transportation data analytics. For the last one year, he has been working on developing a data visualization tool to help Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) streamline their winter maintenance efforts. More recently, he became part of the intersection analysis project sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to model the impact of cognitive decline in elderly people on their decision making at the yellow light dilemma zones. As a WT-RDA/US fellow, he will explore the ways to popularize the tools and technologies that facilitate reproducible research.

Santiago Núñez-Corrales

Santiago Núñez-Corrales, Doctoral Student, University of Illinois

Santiago Núñez-Corrales is a PhD candidate in the Informatics program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (advisor: Prof. Eric Jakobsson) and an ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellow (2017), with a minor in Global Studies. He obtained a B.S, in Computer Engineering from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology. His current research involves understanding complex multiscale stochastic systems - systems with irreducible noise that can be described at multiple scales and are thermodynamically irreversible- by focusing on interactions rather than dynamics or trajectories through stochastic methods, and developing mathematical physics theory and cyberinfrastructure embodying principles derived from this view. At present, Núñez-Corrales is the Outreach Coordinator for the Open Storage Network, an NSF-funded initiative that aims at creating a nation-scale distributed research data storage cyberinfrastructure layer.

In the context of the Whole Tale (WT) Project, his work has focused in reproducibility of ecological niche models, in particular those using maximum entropy principles. Within the WT-RDA fellowship, his research aims at the development of novel cyberinfrastructure for the WT environment enabling computationally-assisted science through a hierarchy-of-hypothesis approach as a means of increasing the reproducibility and transparency of computational experiments.

RDA/US Data Share 2017 Fellows

Joseph Webb

Joseph Webb, Doctoral Student, Iowa State University

Joe Webb is a PhD student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in the Nutritional Sciences at Iowa State University. After losing his grandfather to Alzheimer’s disease, Joe integrates big neuroimaging and genomic data with machine learning approaches to identify genes that may predispose the brain to developing Alzheimer’s disease. Outside the lab, he advocates in Washington DC to support the Alzheimer’s Association and for drafting new legislation to provide solutions for big data infrastructure problems across the US.

As a RDA/US fellow, Joe is developing software applications that will advance identification, curation, and reuse of publicly available neuroscience data, while creating workshops to train undergraduate and high school students to work with Big Data.

Shefang Wang

Shefang Wang, Doctoral Student, Iowa State University

Shefang Wang is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), working on the project to improve the Iowa traffic incident management system using big data innovations. Shefang has a diverse interest of data, besides his work in the ISU, he is also a predictive modeling intern at an insurance company, working on commercial staffing model and claim territory study. Before moving to Iowa, Shefang was a Traffic Engineer in Atlanta, GA for an engineering consulting company.

Yasmin Alnoamany

Yasmin Alnoamany, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

Yasmin Alnoamany is a CLIR postdoc fellow in Software Curation at UC Berkeley, where she leads original research in the areas of software curation and reproducibility. Yasmin works closely with the Research Data Management and Berkeley Institute for Data Science (DIBS) on developing service portfolio to enlarge the culture of open and reproducible research across campus. She is a member of Reimagining IT Working Group on Core Research, Teaching and Learning (RTL) Services at UC Berkeley, which focuses on framing out goals and strategies related to RTL technology and recommending services to be included in the strategic plan for campus IT.

Yasmin also contributes to library services including outreach, program development, and technical efforts related to digital and data-focused research as well as research data management. Yasmin holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.

Lorinette Wirth

Lorinette S. Wirth, Doctoral Student, Saint Louis University

Lorinette Wirth is a doctoral student in Public Health Studies (concentration: Health Outcomes Research) at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Her research interest lies in employing social media data for the robust prediction of patient-reported outcomes, specifically Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL). As a Data Share Fellow, Lorinette is working to evaluate the current infrastructure for social media data utilization in Public Health research and formulate a framework for the future use of social media data in the Public Health domain, specifically as it pertains to HRQoL. Lorinette holds a master degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Saint Louis University.

Frances Bachstein

Frances Bachstein, Postdoctoral Researcher, DataONE

Frances Bachstein is thrilled to be chosen as a 2017 RDA/US Datashare Fellow. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Summer of 2016 in Information Sciences. Frances' major professor was Dr. Suzie Allard, and committee members were Dr. Carol Tenopir, Dr. Bruce Wilson, and Dr. Howard Hall. Her dissertation research focused on secrecy in the STEM fields and the communication process of scientific disclosure; with a particular focus on the nuclear industry, institutional trust, physical and cyber security, social media, and ways to promote understanding to the information consumer.

Frances is currently in a post-doc position with DataONE, a community-driven project that enables access to multiple data repositories. Her research interests include open data, social media as an effective medium of communication for government, trust from both the side of the information consumer and creator, and digital archiving.

Jamie Wittenberg

Jamie V. Wittenberg, Research Data Management Librarian, Indiana University

Jamie Wittenberg is Head of the Scholarly Communication Department and the Research Data Management Librarian at Indiana University. Previously, she was the service manager for UC Berkeley’s Research Data Management program. Jamie’s professional interests include the long-term preservation of born-digital and digitized scholarship, brokering meaningful access to research outputs, data enrichment for time-based media collections, and facilitating reuse of research data.

John Borghi

John A. Borghi, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, California Digital Library

John Borghi is a cognitive neuroscientist turned research data specialist. As a postdoctoral fellow in data curation at the California Digital Library, John currently works on a variety of research and outreach projects related to research data management (RDM). As an RDA/US fellow, John will investigate how researchers in different scientific disciplines collect, manage, and share their data.

Xin Mou

Xin Mou, Doctoral Student, University of Idaho

Xin Mou is completing his PhD degree in Computer Science at the University of Idaho. His main focus is visual programming and data integration for multi-disciplinary applications and sematic web technologies. His broader research interests include visual languages, large databases, workflow systems, and Natural Language Processing.

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, Doctoral Student, University of Arizona, University of Waikato

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (née Small-Rodriguez) is pursuing dual PhDs in sociology at the University of Arizona and demography at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her ongoing research examines how American Indian identity is stratified by both external and internal forces, and seeks to empower American Indian tribes with relevant and responsive tribal data systems. She serves as a Graduate Research Associate at the Native Nations Institute (NNI) in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. Her doctoral research is supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar Fellowship and the National Congress of American Indians' Doctoral Data Fellowship. Desi received both her both M.A. in Sociology and B.A.H. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.

Desi is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Chicana. She was raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. She has served as a tribal researcher in the United States and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Vivian Wong

Vivian L. Wong, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California Los Angeles

Vivian Wong’s scholarly work focuses on Asian diasporas in the United States, East Asia, and Southeast Asia examined through the transnational lens of migration and the circulation of social and cultural capitals in the processes the dislocation and relocation of immigrant groups. She studies how these distributed and diverse communities of migrants, refugees, and their offspring reproduce and transmit their collective experience, material cultures, and traditional cultural practices across time and space through multigenerational relationship, fictive kinships, and professional networks and with the mediation of digital technologies and performances of style and aesthetics. Vivian's research includes the analysis of gendered narratives in a wide array of activities and sources: family letters, cultural heritage organizations, food practices at home and in restaurants, and art/craft-making in both Japanese American incarceration camps during WWII and historically Asian American sororities.

Vivian has a B.A. in East Asian Studies, an M.F.A. in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and TV, and a Ph.D. from UCLA.

Sam Grabus

Sam Grabus, Doctoral Student, Drexel University

Sam Grabus is a recent MSLIS graduate and current first-year doctoral student in Drexel University’s Information Studies PhD program. Her interests in the field include metadata, data sharing, information ethics, and digital curation. She also serves as a Research Assistant at Drexel’s Metadata Research Center, where she is working in collaboration with MIT and Brown on an NSF data sharing project through the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub. In her personal time, Sam reads voraciously, plays violin, home-brews mead, and entertains her 4-year-old mutt.

Alia Khan

Alia Khan, Postdoctoral Researcher, the National Snow and Ice Data Center

Dr. Alia Khan is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. She completed her PhD in August 2016 in Civil Engineering from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and the University of Colorado – Boulder (CU – Boulder) with a Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities. Her research focus is on the impacts of climate change on the global water and carbon cycles. During her PhD she developed a diverse set of field and analytical atmospheric aerosol, aquatic biogeochemistry, and hydrochemistry research skills supported by international collaborations and field research across six continents.

Alia has conducted field research from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from coastal Bangladesh to the high reaches of the Himalayas, Andes, and Rocky Mountains. She is interested in working with the RDA to help rescue and archive polar and high mountain hydrology, water quality and climate data.

Morgan Currie

Morgan Currie, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University

Morgan’s research traces public data infrastructures and asks how these systems condition the possibility for new economies, forms of governance, civic behavior, and political struggle. Her most recent research examines the production and circulation of open government data in the City of Los Angeles, predictive policing algorithms, and emerging forms of data activism. Morgan received her Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at UCLA (2016), MLIS from the same department (2014), and a Masters in New Media from the University of Amsterdam (2011). In the Fall she will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University.

RDA/US Data Share 2016 Fellows

Jacob Bloom

Jacob Bloom, Software Developer, Chemical Semantics, Inc.

Jacob Bloom is working on web tools to increase the accessibility, interoperability, and provenance tracking of research data.  As a Data Share fellow, he will focus on the creation of an ontology that covers computational chemistry while recruiting chemists to contribute their knowledge for inclusion in the ontology.  Jacob holds a PhD in computational chemistry from Texas A&M University.

Elise Dunham, Data Curation Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elise Dunham holds an MLS from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science where she specialized in archives and metadata. As a Data Share fellow, Elise will be developing an organization-wide curation strategy for the RDA/US.

Jillian Dunic

Jillian Dunic, Masters Student, University of Massachusetts Boston

Jillian is a marine ecologist who is interested in drivers of biodiversity change and how these drivers affect marine foodwebs. In her research she has found that access and selection of open datasets in ecology can be challenging. To alleviate this problem, Jillian will create a catalogue of community-curated open datasets commonly used in marine science analyses and help develop a data access package using the statistical programming language R.

Christopher Eaker, Data Curation Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries

Christopher Eaker ( is Data Curation Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), Libraries. As an RDA Data Share Fellow, Christopher will conduct a qualitative research project to learn about intrinsic and extrinsic motivations related to building a career as a researcher and how we can leverage those motivations to encourage data sharing among researchers within and across disciplines. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in information science from UTK.

Ahmed Eleish

Ahmed Eleish, Doctoral Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ahmed is a Multidisciplinary Science PhD student in the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With a background in computer science and a recent MSc in Information Technology, Ahmed's research lies in the areas of knowledge discovery and representation. Ahmed is working on developing existing data-related terminologies and vocabularies and exploring their integration and dissemination through a service oriented architecture.

Faraz Faghri

Faraz Faghri, Doctoral Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faraz Faghri is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at the UIUC. He received his BS in Applied Mathematics and MS in Industrial Engineering. He has worked as both engineer and researcher building large-scale big data cloud platforms and analyzing high volume (and velocity) Internet, health, and genomic data. These days, he is using big data to unravel the mystery of various diseases. As a Data Share fellow, Faraz is working on the development and integration of a user-centric data dissemination and distribution system to enable scalable data sharing. 

Thomas Gillespie

Thomas Gillespie, Doctoral Student, University of California San Diego

Tom Gillespie is a PhD student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the representation, communication, and classification of scientific protocols and methods. For his Data Share fellowship he will be working to create an open system for identifying scientific protocols so that they can be tracked and cited independently alongside the scientific literature.

Adam Kriesberg

Adam Kriesberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland / USDA National Agricultural Library

Adam Kriesberg is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and the USDA's National Agricultural Library. He received his PhD in 2015 from the University of Michigan School of Information. As a RDA/US fellow, his project with the Interest Group on Agricultural Data and the Libraries for Research Data Interest Group studies how organizations collaborate on agricultural metadata standards and semantics, and the ways in which this ongoing work intersects with research data curation practice.

Kai Li, Doctoral Student, Drexel University, Metadata Research Center

Kai Li is a PhD student in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. He is a graduate research assistant working in Metadata Research Center at Drexel University. As a Data Share fellow, Kai will work with Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group and Data Citation Working group, investigating how metadata standards can facilitate citation, sharing, and reusing of software in scientific studies. 

Lindsay Poirier

Lindsay Poirier, Doctoral Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lindsay Poirier is a doctoral student in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her dissertation research involves an ethnographic study of the Semantic Web community. She is also the lead architect for the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), a digital humanities platform.  As a Data Share fellow, Lindsay conducts an ethnography on the barriers to adoption of RDA standards in the humanities.

Stephanie Simms

Stephanie Simms, Research Data Specialist, California Digital Library, University of California Curation Center

Stephanie provides technical and policy-related support for the DMPTool, in addition to working with the 10 UC campuses and other stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad to promote data management and open scholarship initiatives. She holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Boston University and was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA. As a Data Share fellow, Stephanie engages with the Active Data Management Plans Interest Group to reposition DMPs as living, machine-readable documents. 

Andrea Thomer, Doctoral Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Andrea Thomer is a doctoral candidate at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research centers on biodiversity and museum informatics, data curation, and information organization.  As a Data Share fellow, she will survey the completeness and coverage of existing natural history physical sample databases.
Arika Virapongse

Arika Virapongse, Courtesy Faculty, University of Florida

Arika Virapongse is a social ecologist and is currently courtesy faculty at the Tropical Conservation and Development program of University of Florida. Arika earned her doctoral degree in interdisciplinary ecology in 2013 from the University of Florida. She completed a master's of science degree in pharmaceutical botany at Khon Kaen University in Thailand and bachelor’s of science degrees in zoology and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Florida. Arika joins the RDA Data Share fellowship program to work on a project aiming to identify opportunities for improving data access for city and natural resource planners.

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Ayoung Yoon

Ayoung Yoon, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Ayoung Yoon is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing (IUPUI), Department of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include data curation, data sharing and reuse, open data and citizen science. As a Data Share fellow, she will investigate how community researchers share and reuse data for community development and decision-making.